Photo Prop Oldie or Goodie? Balloons!

I have a shoot coming up and I’ve been thinking location, props, etc… and it got me thinking about giant balloons. Are they over-used at this point? Or if cleverly placed, are they still ok?

So what do you guys think?

I’ll see if I end up using them or not… I have to locate them too – I don’t think they sell the large ones just anywhere. Anyway.. I’m off! Happy Thursday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

~~ Ashley


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Art Prints worth a frame (or two)

I’ve been looking for some illustrations to frame over my new mantle. I’d gathered such a long list I thought I’d share it with you all!

Here is a list of etsy artists, illustrators, and photographers who have some real talent and an interesting niche… check them out! They are definitely worth some perusing! Just click on the store banners to start shopping ๐Ÿ™‚

Yellena has some great abstract detailed illustration work.

Vintage inspired photographs

I love the vintage prints of old cameras!

Sweet illustrations with lots of details

Beautiful illustrations.. very dreamy ๐Ÿ™‚

Fashionable & feminine mixed-media prints

sweet little illustrations ๐Ÿ˜€

Love her! feminine and emotional photography

cute, cute, and.... oh yeah... cute. I want the bunny ๐Ÿ™‚

nature illustration with a lightness about it

Photographer Claudia Uribe Touri

Thursday! Whew! The week is coming to a close. Start getting ready for the weekend everyone! I wanted to show you all a photographer who’s work I really enjoy… Claudia Uribe Touri

These are from her personal works:

And I couldn’t resist some of her food photography. I love all the colors!

Alright well… I’m off! Going to try and photograph some things around the house this weekend. Our dogwoods and azaleas are in full bloom and look so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

Till then,


Free Things to Do in the Summertime…

Free things I enjoy in the summer… there are so many ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully this will spark up some of your own.

Flikr Commons - from the Library of Congress

—————- read an old favorite book

———— watch a movie

————— work on a project

—————— draw

—————- listen to music

———————– go through your clothes

——————————— walk with a friend

—————————- play with my cats

——————— rearrange a room

————————- sit in the sun

—————————— follow some train tracks

——- take a camera and go somewhere new

Atlanta Web Design Group – My first meeting starring Jason Beaird

Principles of Beautiful Web Design

One of the great things about the city of Atlanta is the wide variety of things to do and be apart of. For example – a friend of mine introduced me to the Atlanta Web Design Group. Interested, my friend and the hubs got in the car this evening and drove over for my first meeting. Jason Beaird was speaking and though I had never heard of him – I was pleasantly surprised that he reminded me of something I had completely forgotten from my days as an art student:

1. Inspiration doesn’t have to come from a computer screen.

I know… you’re shaking your head thinking “Well duh!” But I really had stopped using this basic practice of the creative mind. When I was still fresh out of art college I would look at EVERYTHING. Driving on the highway – checking out how the concrete blocks formed a honeycomb pattern as I flew by. Gazing down my hallway -the texture of my old paneled walls against the smooth contrasting black of the picture frames.ย  I mean everything! Where am I going with this? Well I’m just trying to embed this idea into my brain so I don’t forget again!

2. Bauhaus is one of my favorite art styles in history and I’d completely forgotten about it! Jeez! Bauhaus was started by a German art school in the early 1900’s. It’s usually very linear and simple. The cool thing is it’s an approach to all forms of deisng – painting, architecture, graphic design even photography. There’s just something about it… what do you think?

Josef Albers - Three Designs for a Flag for the Bauhaus Exhibition 1923

Josef Albers - Armchair for Hans Ludwig and Marguerite Oeser, Berlin 1928

Lรกszlรณ Moholy-Nagy Construction AL6 1933โ€“4

Not sure what it is but I really love this style… and I haven’t even gotten to see all that much of it! I hope I’ll someday be able to go to the museum in Berlin… till then!

Sunday I’m starting my Project Day with my co-worker Julie. We’re alternating months and I get the first one. I’ll post pics ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks everyone. Etsy Friday tomorrow so hope you’re looking forward to it.



If you’ve ever wondered about set design…

As a girl who likes to play with her camera – I’ve often wondered about set design and how to put them together. Well I was checking out a fellow blogger (Stylish Holmes) today and she mentioned this website: Sasa Antic. I started clicking around and couldn’t believe how great the portfolio was. I decided the general splendor must go on. Really – take a minute to check out some of these sets… they – are – gorgeous.


I hope they can inspire a little interior change or two. For me it makes my new camera I’m getting in a few weeks that much better… can’t wait!

Chau friends.


Flickr sometimes overwhelmes me…

I love Flickr, really I do. But sometimes I get on it and start looking through people’s photostreams and get totally lost! A lot of them are just so beautiful I don’t know where to begin! (Or End.) Anyone else feel that way?

That said – I can’t keep my eyes off of these three images from artist Mindy J. Some of her stuff is so dreamy and I really wish she sold some prints. I guess that’s the other disappointing thing… most of the stuff I see I’d like to purchase and it’s not for sale. Ughh! Oh well… I guess posting it on my blog is all I can do for now. Enjoy friends!


For those of you that love Etsy – you might find this funny… it’s a site called Regretsy. Basically – people submit crafts/handmade items that are either hilariously awful or just not made well enough to sell. The tagline says it all: Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet.

Check it out for a good laugh. One example? The Michael Jackson cat toy.

Happy Wednesday!!